City of Providence, RI

11/21/2017 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/21/2017 13:34

Providence Fire Department offers Thanksgiving fire safety tips

Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire
Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires and when you fry foods, you increase the risk of a cooking fire

Keep in in mind the potential dangers of deep frying a turkey:

Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area. Use your turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn. Make sure to have a '3-foot kid- and pet-free zone' around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries.

  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside. Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter. Make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you fry it.
  • Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire. Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won't overheat.
  • The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries. Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.

Take a moment to make sure you have working smoke detectors in your home before the start of the busy holiday season. Contact the Providence Fire Department Fire Prevention Division if you have any questions or concerns at (401) 243-6050.